There are so many great things to do on a trip to Greece. So when you visit, you need a bucket list! Greece was once one of the greatest and most influential civilizations in the world. Today it’s one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. From exploring The Ring where the first ever Olympics took place, the Acropolis in Greece’s capital city Athens, and the Meteora Monasteries to partying in Mykonos and sunbathing in Santorini, Greece has something for everybody. Not to mention the food… hello souvlaki and moussaka and baklava and… So anyway, here is what we consider to be the top things to do on a trip to Greece, certainly worthy of a place on your Greece Bucket List.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do on a trip to Greece
The Monasteries of Meteora
The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece, which hosts one of the largest complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. Six Eastern Orthodox monasteries, some dating back to the 14th century, remain today, as do a few monks and nuns who still call the place home. Thousands of tourists visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site every year to admire the Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and architecture.
If you’re interested in Greek Mythology then trek Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. This is where Zeus sat on the throne and where Hades became the ruler of the Underworld. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between Pieria and Larissa and about 80 km southwest of Thessaloniki. If you fancy trekking the 52 peaks and deep gorges of Mount Olympus take a cab from Litochoro to Prionia and begin your climb from there.
The Acropolis was built in the 5th century BCE and is the most important ancient site in the Western world. This ancient citadel sits on a hill high above the city of Athens. The Acropolis contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, including the Parthenon.
The Samariá Gorge is a National Park and World’s Biosphere Reserve on the island of Crete in Chania. Every nature lover must visit this rugged yet breathtaking gorge and top Crete tourist attraction. The Samaria Gorge is one of Europe’s longest canyons spanning about 16 kilometers, yet some parts are only 4 meters wide. Hiking the 16km-long Samaria Gorge is high on the list of must-dos for most visitors to Crete.
Corinth Canal is one of the most amazing examples of ancient Greek engineering. The Emperor of Rome, Nero began constructing it, and it was finally finished under the French rule in the 19th Century. A section of gigantic rocks was sliced to form the canal that is 6 kilometers long and up to 90 meters high. Another highlight of the canal is the Zulu Bungy Jumping which is for the brave only.
Delphi (Delfí), lying on the slopes of Mount Parnassus high above the Gulf of Corinth, is one of the most famous historic sites in Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a well-known pilgrimage spot in the past, and is located on the side of Mount Parnassus. A long time ago people came here to pay respect to the God of music, healing, prophecy and light, Apollo. Today there are temples, a theatre, a stadium and some ancient ruins to explore in Delphi.
The Theatre of Epidaurus was built in 340 BC by the architect Polykleitos the Younger, from Argos. Now a theatre in the city of Epidaurus, it’s a traditional space that is devoted to Asclepius, the Greek God of Medicine. Next to it you will find the Sanctuary of Asclepius and both the complexes can be visited at the same time. This ancient theatre dates back to the 4th century. Sit on the stone steps and imagine watching the ancient Greeks performing for you.
Melissani Cave is on the island of Kefalonia which is known for it’s rugged beauty. It is about 4 km long and came into existence after the soft rocks were eroded with water for centuries. The cave also houses a lake called the Melissani Lake, discovered in 1951. The cave got its name from the Nymph Melissani to whom it was dedicated during the ancient era. There is a tunnel that leads visitors down the cave to the lake where you can enjoy a boat ride.
Visit Lake Plastira
The man-made Lake Plastira (also called Tavropos Reservoir) is an artificial paradise for every season of the year. Lake Plastira is also known as “
Myths and Legends at Mycenae
Mycenae is an archaeological site near Mykines in Argolis, north-eastern Peloponnese, Greece. It is located about 120 kilometres south-west of Athens; 11 kilometres north of Argos; and 48 kilometres south of Corinth. Mycenae became popular when Homer talked about it at length in his Iliad and The Odyssey, and today it is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As per Homer, it was built by Perseus, the son of Zeus and is a part of the Royal Palace of Atreus.
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There is so much more to see and experience in this amazing country. Plan ahead so that you can take your time exploring and be prepared to be flexible because sometimes travelers you meet along the way will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and awesome things to do on a trip to Greece.
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